Mainland, Shetland

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The cliffs of Eshaness
Main town: Lerwick

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Grid reference: HU414553
Area: 374 square miles
Highest point: Ronas Hill (1,476 feet)
Population: 17,550

Mainland is the main island of Shetland. It contains Shetland's only burgh, Lerwick, and is the centre of Shetland's ferry and air connections.

Mainland has an area of 374 square miles, making it the largest island of Shetland and the third-largest off-shore island of the British Isles (exceeded only by Lewis with Harris and Skye).

Mainland can be broadly divided into four sections:

The Northmavine peninsula is the land north of the narrow isthmus at Mavis Grind. It is wild, with much moorland and coastal cliffs. North Mainland contains Sullom Voe, whose oil terminal is an important source of employment for the islanders.


Islands of Shetland

Inhabited islands:
Mainland  •
Bressay  • Burra (East & West)  • Fair Isle  • Fetlar  • Foula  • Muckle Roe  • Out Skerries  • Papa Stour  • Trondra  • Unst  • Vaila  • Whalsay  • Yell

Other islands:
Balta  •
Bigga  • Brother Isle  • Colsay  • Hascosay  • Hildasay  • Lamba  • Linga, Muckle Roe  • Linga, Yell  • Mousa  • Muckle Flugga  • Noss  • Oxna  • Papa  • Papa Little  • Samphrey  • South Havra  • Uyea, Northmavine  • Uyea, Unst  • Vementry  • West Linga